Learn by Doing

Learning by doing. Frank is pretty sick of hearing me say it. Frankly, I don’t care. Learning by doing is a phrase that I’m sure many students get tired of me repeating too, but I’m going to keep using it. When it comes to content creation in the online world, doing is the only way…

Discussion Boards

Click… Wait… Click… Wait… Click… This is what I do when I access a Learning Management System to make a weekly news item. To do this, I mostly make a series of bullet point hyperlinks to the provided unit resources. And the pauses while waiting for each of the three phases of making these links…

Teaching with Drugs; Learning with Twitter

‘Checking your likes is the new smoking…’ I’ve written in an earlier post about feeling like I’m pushing back against a pervasive dystopian vision of the digital world in my teaching. I was reminded of that again when I first watched one of Bill Maher’s social media-related reflections/rants on his HBO talk show. In this…

There But Not There: Social Media Scheduling

I don’t have enough time to tweet. In one form or another – and at least once in these exact words – this is a statement I’ve heard every now and then from students for a number of years. Setting aside the question of whether or not this is a valid claim by anyone who…

Blogging Away: Making Media for a Competitive Advantage

I recently received the above message from a Marketing student who’d just completed a Digital Media unit with me and proceeded to apply the practical media-making skills he’d learnt in an internship. Daksch’s offer to assist his peers not only reveals the enthusiastic collegiality that authentic eLearning can help spark; it also affirms the value…

Spending Better Time on Social Media

Have you ever given a presentation in front of a large group of people and been asked a difficult question? Maybe even a rude one? Back in August 2014, I was invited to speak at a forum called ‘The Strategic Researcher’ for Deakin University’s Faculty of Arts and Education. I wasn’t told what I should…

Giving Control and Taking Control: Student Agency

When I first started teaching in 2005, as a very shy and extremely nervous casual tutor at Deakin University’s Geelong Waurn Ponds campus, I never thought about student agency. The undergraduate students I was ‘responsible for’ were always happy – even enthusiastic – to be ‘spoon-fed’ the required information, the required way of doing things,…

Some (More) Thoughts on Gamification

#Gamification can combat a flawed 'Ps Get Degrees' culture & shift focus away from bare minimum behavior patterns. Thoughts? #ALC203 #ALC708 pic.twitter.com/5Lgj6ESCP0 — Adam Brown (@digitalzones) April 19, 2017 If you don’t want to read this blog, you could always visit the thread of comments that ensued below the above tweet and get a sense…

Celebrity Culture and Role Reversals

Often when I turn on the car radio these days, I instantly wonder whether I’ll get to hear Joe. I probably sometimes have this thought even when it’s not during his weekend shift or perhaps even when I’m not tuned in to Gold 104.3 Melbourne to get a nostalgic boost of music from my younger…

Thinking Outside the Box

Getting a bit creative about #copyright and @creativecommons… How many times do you think I failed b4 getting this right? #ALC203 #ALC708 pic.twitter.com/6aH4bf0pg7 — Adam Brown (@digitalzones) March 21, 2017 Everyone knows what it feels like to be restricted by rules, stifled by conventions, controlled by laws. Being deprived of one’s freedom isn’t a serious…

Turning Over Leaves: On Failure and Renewal

A few months ago, I failed. I had set myself the ambitious goal of blogging for the Our Gamified World site once a week. This seemed to be the ideal way to keep generating content relating to the web series while we were taking a break after our Level 1 episodes. I took pride in…

Tiff, the Beach, and Human Experience

Did I really take Tiffany to the beach last week? And if she went, was I really there? Are we missing out on the experience by trying to ‘capture the moment’? I thought I’d use this blog to consider this question by expanding on a story I told in a video I made for teaching…